Category Archive for: Climate Change

Climate Change in the City

At the recent Smart Cities Week in Vienna, Fritz Reusswig from the renowned Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research talked about the impact of climate change on cities. Climate change is here, we are on track to an unprecedented 4-6°C temperature increase until 2100 and climate change adaptation and mitigation are both necessary, just to…

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“The climate crisis is madness. We can stop this madness.”

Like many other people I don’t expect much from the current UN COP19 Climate Talks in Warsaw, mainly because of all the disappointments of previous COPs, the big focus on COP20 in Lima and COP21 in Paris and a host country that is hungry for coal. Like many other people, I am also putting more…

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Austria’s huge energy, climate and environmental challenges

This year, Greenpeace Austria celebrates its 30th birthday (me too). To celebrate this anniversary, Greenpeace hosted a discussion on future challenges for Austria’s energy, climate and environmental policy in the Austrian Parliament where its CEO Alexander Egit once again put the main challenges for our new government into a nutshell. At the end of the…

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What is a climate change refugee?

“But what happens to our identity? What happens to our culture?” When I had the opportunity to listen to a young man from the Pacific Island of Kiribati this June at Global Power Shift in Istanbul, I realized that climate migration is a much bigger challenge than just providing people shelter in a different place.…

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Ready for Global Power Shift in Istanbul!

Next week, I will attend Global Power Shift in Istanbul, Turkey, a major summit dedicated to building a global youth movement to solve the climate crisis. Out of more than five-thousand young people from all over the world who applied to attend the Global Power Shift Summit, 500 participants were selected from 133 different countries.…

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EARTHtalks: Dare to be great!

On Thursday May, 16th, the annual EARTHtalks brought together renowned speakers and many (especially young) people interested in climate change and the environment in Vienna’s imperial Hofburg. In her introductory remarks, Freda Meissner-Blau chose “We want a lively planet” as the theme for this inspirational event which is organized by NEONGREEN Network as an “Initiative…

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Climate Change Adaptation: Austrians are Ready to Act!

Climate change adaptation and mitigation are the two main pillars of effective climate policies. Nevertheless, despite the importance of a comprehensive adaptation strategy for Austria’s tourism and agricultural sectors, large parts of the media and the public ignore this topic. Last year, I participated in a survey on “Climate change adaptation in Austria” conducted by…

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Global risks: Climate change, financial crisis and inequality

My previous blogpost already mentioned the World Economic Forum’s recently released “Global Risks Report“. According to this report, cliamte change, the financial crisis and inequality are today’s three biggest risks and together form a multifaceted economic, societal and environmental crisis whose symptoms and challenges are highly interdependent. In the following, I would like to highlight some interesting first insights from the…

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